Understanding the Difference Between Front- and Rear-Wheel Drive

There are pros and cons for front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Front-wheel drive is lightweight and inexpensive to install. It's great for cars that drive mostly on city streets, but not for cars that handle lots of rough terrain. In fact, even deep potholes can cause damage to a front-wheel drive transmission.

Rear-wheel drive is more rugged. This is what you'll find in high-performance work vehicles. For example, police cars tend to have rear-wheel drive. RWD has more parts and can be more expensive to install and maintain.

All-wheel drive means your car has both rear- and front-wheel drive. This is excellent for handling, but increases your car's weight. That added burden means you'll burn through much more gas. This type of transmission is typically found in muscle cars.

If you have questions about your vehicle's drivetrain, stop by our service center here at Audi Wilmington the next time you're in the Wilmington, DE area. Our mechanics have seen it all.

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